Here’s what I have come to love about the “bay rum” scent. It is a vehicle for a brand to express itself. Unlike more specific scents, like sandalwood, orange, or rose, “bay rum” is completely open to interpretation, and as such the “bay rum” scent differs from one brand to another. The classics are the classics and probably stick closer to what would be considered the classic barbershop scent. And then there are newcomers to the shaving software game, who usually produce a completely unique scent.
Let me also mention that lately I have been swooning over tallow-based soaps and creams, and finding non-tallow soaps to be a little lackluster, even when they come from the biggest names in classic shaving soaps and creams. I mention this because today’s review is of a non-tallow bay-rum-scented cream that I am blown away by: Taconic Bay Rum Shave Cream.
Let’s talk scent. This bay rum is unique from all other bay rums I have tried, and I have tried a lot. Scent is a very subjective element to judge. You might love the scent of X soap, and hate the scent of Y cream. And the next guy will feel exactly the opposite. So when I say that this is one of the best takes on bay rum I have ever sampled, you may feel differently. You’d be wrong, but … well no you wouldn’t be wrong, but I’d ask you to step outside so we could settle the matter like gentlemen.
I can’t seem to find a website for Taconic, so I haven’t found any official description of the scent. I will give it my best shot though: On top, it is hard to tell if there is a citrus scent, but if there is I would guess its some variation on orange. In the middle it has a relatively strong cinnamon note with a slight bay note. And beneath that would be hard to tell, but I believe there is a sweet note holding down the fort, possibly vanilla. Overall, it’s probably more of a sweet-cinnamon scent than the classic “bay rum” scent, but personally, I friggin love the smell of this cream. It actually reminds me somewhat of Juicy Fruit gum. It smells great in the tub, It smells great in the mug when being lathered, and it smells great while lathered on my face. It’s simply awesome. If anything it could be a touch stronger.
Before I go into the lather, let’s talk ingredients. Taconic’s Bay Rum Shave Cream specializes in using “certified organic” ingredients when they can. It is a non-tallow soap, so vegetarians will be happy as well. There are two very interesting ingredients, honey and spiced Jamaican rum. Yes! This captain is very pleased. Overall, the ingredients are mostly natural, certified organic, and great for your face.
Alright lather junkies. The lather from this non-tallow cream is easily on par, if not better than, many tallow-based soaps I have tried. I have used this cream 5 days in a row, and I have gotten amazing lathers every single time. Is it the honey? Or maybe the rum? Stearic acid is the top ingredient, and it’s great for lather. It makes a very creamy lather, and I suspect it’s a big part of the success of this cream.
The lather builds up spectacularly from a small dollop of cream. It gets better with each pass as well, thickening more and more as you go along. It’s goes on thick and creamy, providing excellent cushion and slickness, but rinsing cleanly. Seriously, this lather is amazing. As always, your mileage may vary, but for me this ranks with the best latherers. I have had an awesomely smooth shave each time. If you try this cream and find the lather a little lacking, I would suggest adding either a little more cream, or whipping it a little longer in a mug. I have not tried face-lathering this cream, but in the future I will try it out. For now, I have excellent results in the mug.
The only complaint I have about this product is the tub it comes in. I like to swirl my brush in the tub, and to me this tub is a little on the small side. A slightly wider tub would allow some play for my brush. Yup, thats about my only complaint.
While I have yet to try a lot of more well known creams, I would have to say that Taconic’s Bay Rum Shave Cream is my favorite cream at the moment. I really love this stuff.
- Scent – 4.5
- Lather Performance – 5
- Lather Life – 5
- Overall – 5
The scent could be a touch stronger, but is still awesome. And the lather is exceptional for a non-tallow formula. I really love this stuff, and it’s going to be hard to reach for a different cream to shave with, so I can’t imagine giving it anything less than an overall 5/5. And if anyone out there knows if this company has a website, leave me a reply below, I would love to check it out. Thanks!